Mason Greenwood REMAINS in Manchester United squad list
Mason Greenwood remains on Manchester United’s squad list after all charges of attempted rape and assault against the footballer were dropped.
In a possible hint that the 21-year-old could resume his football career, Greenwood remains named on the first-team squad page on United’s official website.
Greenwood was listed among the Under-21s on United’s official Premier League squad list earlier in the season, despite being suspended by the club.
His bio on the club’s website does not mention the charges against him, with the latest update mentioning a new contract until 2025 which he signed in 2021 and his passing of 100 appearances for the club.
A statement from United said: “Man United take note of the CPS’ decision to have all charges against Mason Greenwood dropped. The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not comment further until this process is complete.’
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 21, remains on the club’s squad list after charges of attempted rape and assault against him were dropped
Greenwood was charged in October 2022 but a decision was made to drop prosecution under the Code for Crown Prosecutors
Greenwood’s last appearance for Manchester United was against West Ham last January
Greenwood’s profile remains on United’s official website despite the club suspending him
The forward is listed alongside other United players on the first-team squad page
Greenwood was listed in the Under-21 (contract and scholarship) section of United’s squad list for the Premier League earlier in the season
The England international was charged with attempted rape, control and coercion and assault in October 2022. All three counts involved the same woman.
A decision was made on Thursday afternoon to drop the prosecution after “key witnesses and new material that came to light were withdrawn,” Crown prosecutors said.
Greenwood, who has scored 35 goals in 129 games for United since making his debut in March 2019, was suspended by the club on January 30 last year, shortly after his arrest by Greater Manchester Police.
His last game for United was the 1-0 Premier League win against West Ham on 22 January last year, his last goal being three days earlier in the 3-1 win at Brentford. Greenwood’s #11 shirt number was not reassigned.
His only appearance for England national team was against Iceland in September 2020.
A CPS spokesman said: “We have a duty to keep the cases under review.
“In this case, a combination of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material coming to light meant that there was no longer a realistic prospect of a conviction. In these circumstances, we are obliged to close the case.
“We have explained our decision to all parties.
“We would always encourage all potential victims to come forward and report to the police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is passed.”
A court sketch of Mason Greenwood appearing in the dock at Manchester Magistrates’ Court with security guards on October 17 on charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior and assault. All three charges related to the same woman and were all dropped by the CPS.
The charges against Greenwood – from November 2018 to October 2021 – all involved the same woman.
In November he appeared at Crown Court on Minshull Street in Manchester wearing a dark suit and hoodie and was supported by family members.
He removed the hoodie as he appeared in the dock to confirm his name and age for the brief five-minute hearing, but did not enter.
At the time, prosecutor Jason Pitter KC had admitted the case required “careful consideration” before it could proceed.
Greenwood, 21, appeared in court in November on the now-dropped charges of attempted rape, assault and control and coercion
Today Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s head of public protection, said: “Given the extensive media coverage of this case, it is only fair that we share the news that the 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with one in January The investigation opened in 2022 will no longer be prosecuted in this context.
“The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, provided all relevant updates and therefore understands the reasons for the closure of the proceedings at this stage and that this decision was not taken lightly.
‘Despite the media and public interest in this case, we have decided not to comment further on it.
“However, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate GMP’s commitment to investigate allegations of violence against women and girls and to support those affected, regardless of their circumstances, at this potentially difficult and troubling time.
“An ever-increasing number of officers are receiving specialized training, and the force is more consistently using the tools available through the criminal justice system to keep people safe and care for victims.
“If you feel like you are or are a victim, please don’t let this case stop you from asking for help.”
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